What Are We Going to Wear When the Pandemic is Over?
As Covid rates fall and more of us are vaccinated, a summer full of in-person socializing peeks over the horizon. With it comes a hearty dose of outfit anticipation—and anxiety.
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Of course, it’s not all picnics and a perfect 75 degrees. The last year took a real emotional and physical toll on many of us. “Everyone I know is freaking out about fitting into their pre-Covid clothes,” said Cleo. “I just bought jean shorts one and two sizes bigger without even thinking about it, because why even torture myself?” For every woman who told me she was excited by the prospect of getting dressed up again, I heard from someone who was dreading it. “Am I the only one who finds this prospect overwhelming?” said one woman. A lawyer friend of mine said that she’d consider a dress, but “pants sound bad. Pantyhose sound even worse.” A few women told me that nothing in their closets fits anymore. And some just weren’t ready to make the switch. “I miss my old clothes,” said a dear friend. “But I love my sweatpants.”
I can relate to this feeling, too. As excited as I am to get dressed up again, I haven’t actually looked deep in the trenches of my closet yet, where I stashed my pre-baby/pre-pandemic shorts, skirts, and dresses. I honestly don’t know if any of them will fit or if I’ll be in the same boat and need to buy a bunch of new pieces. But if that is the case, I’ve decided I’m going to be okay with it. This year has been hard in ways none of us anticipated. My body has been through a lot. I refuse to let negative feelings get in the way of any opportunity to see people and have fun outside my apartment. Besides, the sweatpants will always be there when I get home. They’re forever, after all.